Jan 062015
2 Hours in Paris

2 Hours in Paris – Eiffel Tower

2 Hours in Paris: It is easy to pass time at a large airport such as Charles de Gaulle, where there are plenty of facilities – but in a metropolis such as Paris, the opportunity to maximise a stopover by going into the city is too good to miss.

On one such opportunity, I decided to fit in a quick visit to the Eiffel Tower during my layover, in which there was a 4 hour gap between flight arrival and departure.

With only 2 hours in Paris, I managed to take a few photos of the major landmark just after sunrise, before the crowds arrived. As soon as my mission was complete, we headed straight back to the airport.

The total journey lasted just under 2 hours on a Christmas morning, with traffic on the way back considerably busier.

The advantage of taking a taxi is the luxury experience of Mercedes as well as the additional sights on the way, such as Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées.

As the saying goes, Bon Voyage!

Dec 122014
2 hours in Salzburg - View from Hotel Sacher

2 hours in Salzburg – View from Hotel Sacher

2 Hours in Salzburg: Some of the most enchanting attractions of Salzburg include its renowned baroque architecture, numerous grand palaces as well as a medieval fortress on a mountain.  It is a picture-perfect city to visit, and the old town is suitable to wander around if you have only 2 hours in Salzburg. Continue reading »

Dec 112014
2 hours in Vienna

Café Sacher Vienna, Hotel Sacher

It was relatively quiet as I entered Café Sacher at 10am, but not for long as the luxurious café is a popular place to meet in the centre of Vienna.

Café Sacher is located in one of the most exclusive hotels in Vienna, Hotel Sacher, where the world-famous Sacher-Torte originates.


Original Sacher-Torte

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Nov 262014
World Travel Market 2015

Emirates at WTM 2014

November is a month to remember in London as the World Travel Market takes place here every year.

Held in the vast but visitor-friendly ExCeL, part of ADNEC, the venue can be accessed via a number of state-of-the-art transport options offering fantastic views of London.

See WTM 2015 website

Visitor Attractions @ WTM London 2014

WTM 2014 celebrated its 35th anniversary as countries from all corners of the globe participated in a major exhibition, with one of four days extended to feature specific destinations as part of ‘WTM Festivals’.

World Travel Market 2015

WTM Festivals

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Jun 042013

H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Camel Festival

H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan Camel Festival, Sweihan, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Continue reading »

May 272013
Arabian Travel Market Dubai 2013

His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, visits Etihad Airways stand

With the holiday season upon us, what better occasion to get into the travel mood than at Arabian Travel Market 2013.  Celebrating its 20-year anniversary, the show earlier this month at Dubai World Trade Centre is the biggest travel exhibition in the Middle East.

Top global travel destinations as well as major hotel brands and leading airlines were present at the show, providing a great opportunity to gather information and make travel choices.  From luxury holidays to budget accommodation and car rental firms to tour operators, Arabian Travel Market (ATM) covered options for both consumer and business travel.

See Arabian Travel Market photos on GoldBlackWhite Facebook

As more hotels open, airlines add new routes and global destinations become more accessible, customers have more choice than ever. With the landscape of the travel industry continuously changing and competition increasing, exhibitors at ATM took advantage of the opportunity to differentiate themselves by demonstrating marketing innovation that engaged the audience.

Visitor Attractions @ ATM Dubai

One of the sweetest attractions at the show this year was at Etihad Airways’ stand, where Continue reading »

Apr 292013

Pakistani Art Auction Dubai Christie's

The upcoming ‘Contemporary Pakistani Art Now’ auction by Christie’s will be held in Dubai under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth & Community Development.

View the auction catalogue of the event at Mina A’Salam Hotel from 30 April to 1 May 2013.

Supporting: United Nations World Food Programme; Auction by: Christie’s; Curated by: Contemporary Practices Art Journal

His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth & Community Development, following his opening speech as Patron of 'Comtemporary Pakistani Art Now'

His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth & Community Development, following his opening speech as Patron of ‘Comtemporary Pakistani Art Now’


Mar 282013

Bride Dubai Wedding Dress

A couple’s wedding needs to be organised so that the big day can be enjoyed:  after all, it’s a grand celebration!  To help brides and grooms planning the perfect wedding, the BRIDE show in Dubai takes place from 10 to 13 April 2013 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Sheikha Bint Saif, wife of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and President, Honorary Chairman and Lifetime Patron of The Make-A-Wish Foundation ® United Arab Emirates, BRIDE is the Middle East’s largest and most prestigious wedding and beauty event.

The top luxury wedding exhibition and event in Dubai follows the success of BRIDE Abu Dhabi earlier this year.  At the show in the heart of the city, over 300 companies at BRIDE Dubai will showcase the latest wedding trends in fashion and lifestyle in a 4-day extravaganza.

Designer wedding dresses, fashion shows & more…

From designer wedding dresses to honeymoon destinations, the exhibition offers the chance to meet a multitude of companies that specialise in creating the ultimate wedding experience.

Brides favouring traditional wedding dresses can select from elegant abaya designs.  Trendy ladies’ fashion, bridal couture to match individual tastes as well as exquisite Arabian perfumes feature amongst several options under one roof.

Between shopping, visitors can watch 5 fashion shows daily (see end of BRIDE Dubai 2013 review for fashion show schedule).  Some models Continue reading »

Mar 202013

Jebel Ali Racecourse

Jebel Ali Racecourse, which celebrates its 21st year this season, hosts prestigious horse racing events in Dubai.

Thousands of race fans visit the racecourse every fortnight to experience a memorable day out and witness top-class racing within the marvellous grounds of Jebel Ali Racecourse.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Chairman of Dubai Police and General Security & Chairman of Jebel Ali Racecourse, attributes special importance to all race meetings held at the racecourse, where visitors and families are encouraged to attend and enjoy the facilities and events.

Jebel Ali Racecourse location and race dates

The racecourse venue is in a prime central location in Dubai by The Greens.  It is located off the main Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway (Sheikh Zayed Road) opposite Dubai Media City (Jebel Ali Racecourse location map).

This season began on 2 November 2012 and runs every 2nd Friday until 22 March 2013. View Jebel Ali Racecourse photos.

UAE Culture & Heritage

The tradition of horse racing in the UAE is deeply connected to the culture and heritage of the nation.  Jebel Ali Racecourse has played a significant role in making the UAE a centre for international racing, hosting three stake races during the Emirates racing calendar (Jebel Ali Stakes, Jebel Ali Mile, Jebel Ali Sprint).

Jebel Ali Racecourse Race Sponsors

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, continues to support horse racing at Jebel Ali Racecourse with the longstanding commitment of Shadwell Farm, Shadwell Stud and Derrinstown Stud as major sponsors of the races.

H.E. Mirza Al Sayegh, Director of the Office of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, representing Shadwell and Derrinstown Stud at Jebel Ali Racecourse

H.E. Mirza Al Sayegh (centre), Director of the Office of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, representing Shadwell & Derrinstown Stud

Global sponsors also include SIS (UK), Dublin’s Ardmore Trading and The Racecourse Newbury.

Al Habtoor Motors, Al Shafar Investment, Emirates Equestrian Federation, Emirates Horse Breeders Society and Commercial Bank of Dubai feature amongst a growing number of race sponsors this season.

The ‘Best Turned Out Horse’ is sponsored by Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship at a prize value of Dhs. 1000 per race.

Corporate boxes and VIP Grandstand
Jebel Ali Racecourse 2

Sponsors and corporate hospitality guests can enjoy the facilities of 10 private suites as well as the VIP Grandstand with 5* catering provided by Continue reading »

Mar 162013

Dubai International Horse Fair 2013

Dubai International Horse Fair 2013 is set to begin this month at Dubai World Trade Centre from 21-23 March.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, Dubai International Horse Fair is the region’s largest equestrian trade and business event.

Each year thousands of visitors are drawn to the trade fair, which supports a thriving equine industry in the UAE and wider Middle East that includes the world’s richest horse race, Dubai World Cup.

The exhibition runs alongside the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world, Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship 2013. Continue reading »